Vintage watercolor, circa 1940's or early 1950's, of the historic Point Pinos Lighthouse, in Pacific Grove, California near Monterey and Carmel. The work includes at right two dramatic, wind-shaped trees, likely the Monterey Cypress for which the area is famed. The lighthouse dates to 1855 and is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the west coast of the United States. In the earliest days, whale oil was used to keep the light going. See wikipedia for a detailed history of this venerable structure, which is now surrounded by the Pacific Grove Golf Course. The watercolor measures 14" by 20 3/4" and the piece is 22" by 30 1/2" as framed. The painting is signed at lower right by artist ANNA WILSON; there appear to be two artists by that name who were known to work in California, one born in 1846 and active until at least the 1920's; the other, born in 1904 and apparently active at least until the 1960's. The auction records and askart seem to have hopelessly confused the two. I believe this work is by the artist born in 1904 in San Francisco, and "known to have been a resident of Hollywood in the 1930's". Several portraits from that period are visible online, including one of Carol Lombard the actress. The present watercolor was painted on high quality heavy Arches watercolor paper, per the embossed stamp. On the reverse at top in ink is written "Point Pinos $60.00/Anna Wilson". Condition is excellent, with fresh colors and no foxing.
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